Woman with altered passport detained after sneaking across the Mexican boarder
By Noble Johns
WASHINGTON (BNW) It is scary to know that a possible woman terrorist may have been caught sneaking across the Mexican boarder. In an attempt to appease building contractors, chicken processing plaints and farm cooperatives, our government has open the southern board of our country to illegal immigrants, and as a result, may have invited terrorists to take advantage of this soft underbelly in our immigration policy.
Authorities have detained a woman who had six pages ripped from her passport and are investigating whether she has ties to terrorist organizations, government officials said Wednesday.
Authorities arrested the woman, who identified herself as Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed, on July 19 in Texas, and are trying to confirm her identity and nationality.
Government officials said that name is on an FBI watch list and that it was put on the list after it surfaced during an investigation of an overseas terrorist incident.
Officers charged Ahmed with illegal entry, falsifying a passport and making false statements. A judge denied her bail at her Tuesday court appearance.
Her arrest came as the U.S. government has warned that the al Qaeda terrorist organization could use women and non-Arabs as operatives to evade detection.
Authorities also have expressed concern about the vulnerability of the U.S. border with Mexico, and said terrorists may have an interest in striking the United States during the election season.
Ahmed's court-appointed attorney, Kyle Welch, told The Associated Press that officials have not charged his client with any terrorist activity.
According to an FBI affidavit filed in the case, Customs and Border Protection agents questioned Ahmed last week at the airport in McAllen, Texas, after she tried to board a flight to New York.
They discovered that her South African passport had missing pages and lacked a stamp for entry into the United States.
When asked if she had a U.S. visa, Ahmed said she had left it in New York, the affidavit said. According to the affidavit, however, she does not have a current visa.
Michael Shelby, the U.S. attorney in Houston, said Ahmed previously had a visa to the United States and previously had been in the McAllen area.
An itinerary Ahmed carried indicated she had traveled from South Africa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, then to London, England, and Mexico City, Mexico, the affidavit stated.
Agents testified Ahmed carried a bag containing muddy clothes and dirty shoes, leading them to conclude she had crossed into the United States illegally from Mexico, which she later confirmed.
The AP reported that the affidavit quoted Ahmed as saying, "I did come here illegally. I came through the bush."
Authorities reported Ahmed had more than $7,000, most of it in U.S. currency, when she was detained.
The affidavit said that on July 20 Ahmed, while in custody and without coercion, apologized for lying, admitted illegal entry into the United States and stated someone smuggled her into the country.
The next day, according to the affidavit, Ahmed requested to speak with an attorney, and authorities stopped their interrogation.
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